Sodbury churches hope for early welcome to new bishop after landmark appointment

April 27 2015

ANGLICAN churchgoers in Chipping Sodbury are hoping to welcome the new bishop of Gloucester to the town once Rachel Treweek is enthroned later this year.

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ANGLICAN churchgoers in Chipping Sodbury are hoping to welcome the new bishop of Gloucester to the town once Rachel Treweek is enthroned later this year.
The current archdeacon of Hackney will become the Church of England’s most senior woman bishop, with her area of responsibility including Chipping Sodbury, Old Sodbury and Little Sodbury.
Although two other women have become bishops since legislation was passed last year enabling them to take up the role, Archdeacon Rachel, 52, will make history by being the first to run a diocese and the first to take up a seat in the House of Lords.
It is anticipated that she will spend some time getting to know the diocese once she is formally installed as bishop, visiting parishes and meeting clergy and churchgoers.
After her appointment was announced, she said: “It is an immense joy and privilege to be appointed as the bishop of Gloucester.
“I am surprised and, I have to admit, even a little daunted by the prospect, but my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement to be coming to join with others in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this diocese.”
Before ordination, Archdeacon Rachel trained as a speech and language therapist, a role she practised for more than six years. Her husband, Guy, is also a priest.